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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quest Research Working Toward a Cure


I've watched this video four, maybe five times since I discovered it yesterday. I've shown it to my husband. I've shown it to my children, and now I'm showing it to you. 

What these researchers are doing is nothing short of remarkable and I believe that it will lead the way to an HIV cure. If the opportunity presented itself, with the information I have now, I would volunteer for this clinical trial in a minute. In fact I called Quest Research and spoke with a gentleman on the phone, but was told that because I lived so far away and they already had plenty of volunteers in the Bay City area, chances of them enrolling me were likely slim. Still, they offered to send me more information...and you know what they say, never say never.  

I can wait if I have to. In fairness, this treatment is best served on the people who have already exhausted all other avenues and need it the most. My CD-4 count was over 1,200 my last blood draw, and my virus undetectable. I am healthier than your average "healthy" person!

How is this possible for someone who's been positive for twenty-five years? I don't know. I exercise, take vitamins, and just generally take good care of myself...nothing out of the ordinary. I take HIV medicines intermittently. 1 month on, two months off, on average. I began doing this because of side-effects from the medicines. Although I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and it's likely that I'll build resistance sooner this way, it's worked well for me these last five years, and thankfully my children are doing equally as well, on a strict regimen of antivirals that keep them healthy and their virus undetectable, and for this I'm exceedingly grateful because as any mother knows, our concern for our children far outweighs our own. 

I would walk through a brick wall if I thought it would facilitate a cure, because more than anything in this world, and what has kept me going strong all these years, is my desire to see my children cured of this disease, and I know in my heart that the day is coming–maybe sooner than we think.






6 comments:

courtneywrites said...

Happy holidays, Suzan! Thankful for your & your kids' health, and wishing you all the very best in 2011. This post was great -- oh, the possibilities for the new year and beyond!

Writer, AIDS Advocate, fuzzy animal lover, and soon to be debut author–represented by Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency. Visit: www.SuzanStirling.com said...

Thank you, Courtney! Science is really something, huh? Here's to a very happy New Year!

rebekah said...

Thanks for this. When I am told my daughter has a long and healthy life ahead of her, this is part of the reason why I believe it.

Writer, AIDS Advocate, fuzzy animal lover, and soon to be debut author–represented by Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency. Visit: www.SuzanStirling.com said...

I believe it too, Rebekah! Thanks for posting and keep a tight hold on hope.

Positively Orphaned said...

Wow Suzan - thanks so much for posting this! I knew about the patient in Germany but I didn't know how far along the research has come since then. Truly amazing. I will re-post. Thanks a million.

Writer, AIDS Advocate, fuzzy animal lover, and soon to be debut author–represented by Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency. Visit: www.SuzanStirling.com said...

You're welcome!! Happy New Year ; )